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Aquatint: a painterly intaglio technique

While printmakers have always wanted to present some shading or grayscale in their work, until the discovery of aquatint in the 17th century, doing so was technically very challenging.  And with a few notable exceptions, such as in the etchings of Francisco Goya, aquatint, this most painterly of intaglio techniques, remained unpracticed by most printmakers.  Aquatint started to gain popularity in the latter part of the 19th century, likely as etching was being rediscovered by Impressionists.  These artists were often eager to replicate in their prints the atmospheric qualities found in their paintings.  Aquatint, with its granular texture, lends itself to effects that offer an endless range of shading, both in black and white and in color.  Because it was practiced so masterfully by artists of the Modern Era, we here at Armstrong Fine Art are true “suckers” for a finely crafted aquatint.  Here are a few we have, or have had in the past.

Shokin Sold
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Shokin

BALLIF, Yannick

Embossed intaglio printed in black and beige on Arches wove paper.Printed to the sheet edge on all sides, as issued.Edition of 70.Signed and number...

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The Witch Sold
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The Witch

RIVIERE, Henri

La Sorcière (original French title) Etching, aquatint & drypoint printed in bluish-black ink on thin japon paper.References: Sueur-Hermel #5 (i...

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Birds of Prey Sold
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Birds of Prey

PROUVE, Victor

Oiseaux de Proie (original French title) Etching and aquatint printed in olive-green on Arches laid paper.Reference: Stein & Karshan 55.Edition...

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main Sold
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Father Boyer

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Père Boyer or Vieillard Assis (original French titles) Color aquatint and soft-ground etching on Arches laid paper, c. 1901.Ref: not in Addade.  Af...

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Louis Legrand
$975

Little Tease

LEGRAND, Louis

Petite Marcheuse (original French title) Etching, aquatint & drypoint printed on simili-japon wove paper.References: Arwas 361; Exsteens 250.Pl...

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Louis Legrand - Les Amants - lovers - aquatint and etching - violin Sold
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Lovers

LEGRAND, Louis

Les Amants (original French title) Aquatint, etching & drypoint printed on Arches laid paper.References: Arwas 169; BN-IFF 84; Exsteens 150.Fou...

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Snow Leopard Resting
$150

Snow Leopard Resting

JERETIC, Anna

Soft-ground etching and aquatint printed in black ink on wove paper, 2007.Edition of 30.Signed, numbered "1/30" and dated "07" in pencil.

Edgar Chahine - Les Maneges - Merry Go Round - Tabanelli 280 - aquatint etching drypoint
$2,200

The Merry-Go-Round

CHAHINE, Edgar

Les Manèges (original French title) Aquatint, etching and drypoint printed in bistre on laid paper.Reference: Tabanelli 280.Edition of 50.Signed in...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - Les Anes - state proof - donkey canal town dusk - color aquatint and soft-ground etching Sold
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The Donkeys

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Les Anes (original French title) Color aquatint and soft-ground etching printed on thick wove paper.References: not in Addade, nor in BN-IFF.State ...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - La Patineuse - female fashion ice skater - color aquatint and soft-ground etching
$1,500

The Skater

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

La Patineuse (original French title) Color aquatint and soft-ground etching printed in color on thick wove paper. References: neither in the BN-IFF...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - Clair de Lune - moonlight lovers garden - color aquatint and soft-ground etching Sold
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Moonlight

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Clair de Lune (original French title) Color aquatint and soft-ground etching printed in color on wove paper.References: not in Addade, not in BN-IF...

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Samuel L. Margolies - Lengthening Shadows - snow scene - lithograph
$500

Lengthening Shadows

MARGOLIES, Samuel L.

Aquatint and etching on wove paper. Edition unknown. Signed and titled in pencil. Very fine impression in near perfect condition, aside from the fa...

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Anna Jeretic - Elephant - bird and sunset - etching Sold
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Elephant

JERETIC, Anna

Aquatint on wove paper.Signed, annotated "EA" and dated "10" in pencil.

Edgar Chahine - La Banquiste - acrobat - festival - Tabanelli 279 - etching and aquatint Sold
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La Banquiste

CHAHINE, Edgar

Etching and aquatint printed on Arches laid paper. Ref: Tabanelli 279. Only state. Unnumbered artist's proof, aside from the only edition of 50. Si...

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A Beggar Sold
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A Beggar

CHAHINE, Edgar

Un Gueux (original French title) Etching and aquatint printed in color on laid paper.Reference: Tabanelli 10 ii/ii.One of only a few color proofs, ...

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